Mar 24, 2013

  • Last updated on March 10, 2014 at 12:22 am
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At the beginning of our relationship, Brian lived in Columbia and I lived in Edgewood; these two towns are about 45 minutes apart.  Combined with my shiftwork and rotating schedule of 5 days on/3 days off and Brian's "normal"  Monday thru Friday schedule, the distance made it difficult to see each other as often as we would've liked to.  We did everything we could to spend as much time together as possible.  We had only been officially dating for a few months when Brian mentioned that he was going to be meeting with a realtor to look at houses to buy and he told me that he wanted me to come with him.  He also mentioned that he was going to look at some houses in Harford County so that he could be closer to me... which meant farther away from his work.  Along with the realtor, we must've looked at 30+ houses before we found the perfect house for us in Abingdon.   It is a 3-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath end-of-group townhouse with a large kitchen, a sunroom with skylights, and a fenced in yard that backs to trees. 

Brian bought the house on March 30th 2010 and we moved in together in May.  It was the first time either of us had ever lived with someone... we'd each lived on our own for almost 10 years but neither of us had ever had a roommate.  Brian said that, after his roomate in a college dorm room, the next person he lived with would be his wife... maybe I should've known then what was to come!  :)

Home Sweet Home

  • Last updated on March 21, 2013 at 7:09 am
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Like my invitations, I also had my wedding programs designed by Sarah over at Signatures by Sarah.

I love how they turned out!  :)

Wedding Programs photo 1

Wedding Programs photo 2

  • Last updated on March 12, 2013 at 4:28 am
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My wedding cake is being made by a local grocery store "Shop Rite" in Bel Air.  A friend of mine got her wedding cake from there a few months ago and raved about how beautiful and delicious the cake was, all while being relatively inexpensive compared to other estimates she'd received.  I saw her cake and agreed that it was absolutely gorgeous so I thought I'd give them a try.  Brian and I went and met with the Head Baker to discuss the specifics (size, cake flavors & fillings) but until just a few days ago (2 weeks before the wedding!) I had no idea what I wanted the cake to look like.  I had thought it would be a good idea to look at pictures of cakes online so that I could get ideas... that turned out to be a BAD idea for me because I was overwhelmed with the possibilities!  lol

So anyway... the cake is going to have 3 tiers and each tier is approximately 4" tall; the bottom tier will be 16" around, the middle tier will be 12" around and the top tier will be 8" around.  Each tier will feature a different cake and filling flavor.  I knew that I wanted to have a pink ribbon around the bottom of each tier but I had a hard time finding the right color and width.  After many, MANY trips to various craft stores and many visits to the ribbon aisles, I finally found something that would work at Joann's Etc.  The ribbon color is called "berrylicious" and it is very similar to the ribbon I used on my cardbox.  I really wanted to find 1" wide but that was impossible so I had to go with 7/8" which I guess is close enough.

Last week I went to a place called the Wedding & Cake Cottage in White Marsh, Maryland with my aunt and we found some cute silver heart-shaped "garland" that they had placed on top of a ribbon and displayed on a cake.  I thought that would look really cute on my cake so we bought some of that. 

Let them eat CAKE photo 1

I hadn't been able to decide on a cake topper that I liked so originally I wasn't going to have a cake topper at all but while we were there, we saw these little monogram letters that are so simple, yet so pretty. 

Let them eat CAKE photo 2   Let them eat CAKE photo 3

Since I felt like the cake was going to be relatively small, I wanted something to make it stand out a little more.  In some of the many pictures of cakes I'd looked at, they had some gorgeous silver cake stands that had tons of detail in them.  I called around to various rental places to see if I could find one to rent but I didn't have any luck.  So I ordered one on Amazon and it was delivered the next day!

Let them eat CAKE photo 4

I had planned to have all 3 layers sitting right on top of each other but now I think I want the top tier to be seperated by some columns, like this:

Let them eat CAKE photo 5

So now my vision of the cake is FINALLY starting to come together!  I want to have a pearl beading of icing to edge the top of each tier and the baker is going to make some gum paste flowers to have on the top tier around the monogram.

A friend of mine likes to draw in his free time so I asked him to sketch the cake for me... this is his rough sketch:

Let them eat CAKE photo 6

On the table itself, I want to have some rose petals and some votive candles... here is my inspiration for that:

Let them eat CAKE photo 7  Let them eat CAKE photo 8


  • Last updated on March 10, 2013 at 5:58 am
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I looked at a bunch of different place cards but I didn't really like any of the ones that I saw so I decided to make my own... I really like being able to personalize things a little more. 

I used 12"x12" sheets of textured cardstock paper (the color is "berrylicious" but it is very similar to my bridesmaid dress color) that I found on sale at Michael's and I cut them into 3.75" long x 3" wide squares and then folded them in half.  Then I used plain white cardstock that I cut into 1" wide x 3" long strips and rounded the edges using my corner rounder.  I attached the white cardstock to the textured cardstock using double sided tape.

  place cards DIY photo 1     place cards DIY photo 2

I also found a smooth, shimmery silver scrapbook paper that I used a heartshaped punch to make little hearts that I attached to the left side of the place card using Mini Glue Dots.  My plan is to write the table number inside the heart.

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place cards DIY photo 5

  • Last updated on January 30, 2013 at 5:52 am
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Grandma of the Bride photo 1

My 84-year old Grandma and I are like two peas in a pod... she has lived with my mom for my entire life (and then some!) and she was in the delivery room when I was born.  In fact, she even held me before my mom did!  We have been extremely close for my whole life and she has always been such a big part of my life, so we felt it would be very special to have her walk me down the aisle and "give me away" on my wedding day.  I made this shirt for her using a blingy iron-on design that I bought from Hobby Lobby.  She loved it!  How adorable is she?!  :)

  • Last updated on January 30, 2013 at 5:36 am
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My Dress photo 1  My Dress photo 2

My Dress photo 3  My Dress photo 4

My Dress photo 5  My Dress photo 6


I bought my dress from Stella's Bridal in Baltimore, Maryland.  I was just going to look that day and see what they had, I had no intentions of actually buying anything.  I brought my mom, my good friend/bridesmaid Maria and her daughter Bailey with me.  This was the first dress I tried on at Stella's (but I had tried on plenty of dresses at David's Bridal on several different visits there) - the price tag was originally $799 but had been marked down to $699, which was still way more than I would've liked to pay for a dress but I really loved it so I was willing to do whatever I needed to make it work.  Much to my surprise, when I got up to the counter to pay, the dress was 50% off the ticketed price... I had no idea!  My mom insisted on buying the dress for me... I felt guilty because even though it was a good price, that still seemed like alot of money for my mom to spend but she said she wanted to do it. 

What I love most about this dress is that is it elegant, yet simple... it fits my personality so well and is everything I wanted in a wedding dress.  The train isn't too long or too short, it's just right.  I also love the rouching, the beaded/detailed/embellished design on the front of the dress, the detailing that goes down the back of the dress down to the train, the corset and the sheer fabric split on the left leg.

*** all of these pictures were taken BEFORE any alterations were done, so keep that in mind... I'm particularly self conscious about the last picture, but it should look much different when I go for my 2nd fitting.***